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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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6,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,259
Reviews: 2,573
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 235
Gots: 452 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of ztprez


4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, Duvel. This is one of the best beers on the planet. Poured this liquid gold from 11.5 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The appearance is nothing short of spectacular: golden liquid with huge pillowy head, nearly spilling from the top of the glass. Smell is of foural hops.

The taste is unlike anything else. A sharp bitterness is immediately apparent, I can only assume comes from the hops, though I don't know what kind is used.

The mouthfeel is one of the best I've ever had. Sharp carbonation seems to scrub every are of your mouth. Even after witnessing the huge head, the level of carbonation is surprising.

This is a very drinkable beer, although the high abv begs for a limited quantity.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 17:11:46 | More by ztprez
Photo of PhiloPsych


3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear as it poured from the bottle with tons of carbonation and a head that took up half the glass--I was pouring from a stubby 330 ml bottle and couldn't fit it all into a pint glass the head was so thick. The color was golden, very pale, and clear in the glass. The smell was sweet and alcoholic, it reminded me of La Fin du Monde, though the flavor was not as strong. Taste was sweet, light, somewhat yeasty, and alcoholic. All very mild; nothing overpowering. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. I suppose this is a good beer, but it doesn't seem like anything special to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 23:28:42 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 20oz stemless red wine glass.

A - Yellow, just bordering on orange. Crystal clear, tons of carbonation. The most delicate looking head I've ever seen, pillowy and white, thick and longlasting. Beautiful.

S - clean spice, light malt sweetness. Somewhat subdued, but pleasant.

T - The first sip explodes in the mouth, overwhelming me... very bold profile. Sweetness is quite low and it has a very dry finish. I'm finding it hard to describe the distinct flavours... also has a bit of an alcohol note.

M - Almost champagne like. Sprtizy, light and dry.

D - While the dryness keeps things refreshing, I find it mutes the overall flavour.

This is a good beer, but not my favourite Belgian. Gets better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:10:00 | More by markaberrant
Photo of willjschmidt


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml into my Duvel tulip. Bottle marked "enjoy by 05 2009". A huge white head formed leaving behind lots of lace. The inscribed "D" on the bottom of the glass provides a constant stream of carbonation release throughout. What a cool freaking glass.

A: The color is a pale golden hue, it looks almost like a macro lager. Very clear as my careful pouring left all the yeast in the bottle.

S: Lots of yeast, some alcohol as well as some light fruit.

T: Some light pepper as well as the light fruits. A very nice balance between the sweetness, the slightly bitter hops and the pale malts. Warming alcohol at the end, but not nearly as much as one would expect with the 8.5%.

M: Not as syrupy as some other Belgian pales that I've tried. It has an exceptional mouthfeel: medium bodied, great carbonation, creamy yet smooth and at the same time crisp and clean.

D: A very drinkable and refreshing beer for all the alcohol is packs. Probably the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I've had. It's very enjoyable; crisp, clean, smooth and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:10:22 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of mobud


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into chalice from bottle.

A- Golden yellow with a beautiful white foam head that stays big thru the sample.

S- A sweet candy and yeasty smell that has a light booze aroma underneath.

T- The sweet malt taste is paired nicely with the cloves. The alcohol burn is more noticable after several sips.

M- Creamy and sweet.

D- A very enjoyable beer. I have had this beer before, but I have never slowed my drinking down to enjoy the nuances of this ale. The alcohol (8.5) came on early, but it let me slowup and enjoy the changes that occur as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 15:24:55 | More by mobud
Photo of pweis909


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 07/2009 date on 11.2 oz bottle. Highly carbonated – light spritz when opened – but nothing messy.

Rocky foam over pale straw-gold, bubbles, lacing as foam slowly recedes.
Aroma is just fantastic, pils malt with a tantalizing phenolic spice. The phenolics are quite evident during the first taste. The finish is dry, with noticeable alcohol. In the mouth, there is a thin lightness, the digestible character of Belgian brews that I’ve read about.

I am drinking it unpaired with food, but on a full stomach. Its malty and spicy aroma and crisp flavor work well all by itself, but I don’t think I’ll drink another right now. The merits of the beer would be lost on me. The bottle tells me it is 8.5% alcohol, and I am noticing it after only 3-4 oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 15:17:31 | More by pweis909
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FINALLY got this one, after seeing it sitting on the shelf every day, mocking me with it's way-too-expensive price tag. But I took the dive and got it, and I'll do it again. Pours an incredible, fluffy, foamy head over a nice light straw color. Foam seems to never go away. Great lacing too. Nose is great, nice spices and a good bit of hops too. Taste is excellent. Fruit all over the place, pears, apples, some lemons and oranges too. A nice hit of hops at the end. Very tasty. Feel is medium to full bodied, good carbonation. A really excellent beer, one I'll go back to again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 17:22:28 | More by soupyman10
Photo of joeysmokedporter


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: golden appearance that pours 50/50 liquid and foam. I rated this 5 on appearance because this beer has the best head on a beer that I've seen. It is rocky and tightly beaded, leaving a lace as it slowly recedes. Also has clarity.

S: spicy aroma with a hint of hops.

T: has a spiced pear flavor, moving into a light malt taste mixed with some bitterness and ending with a bitter aftertaste. The spicy/light pear flavor tends to dominate the rest with the bitterness complementing it.

M: very light for a heavy beer, well-carbonated and effervescent.

D: way too drinkable if there is such a thing. This beer is so easily consumed that you can easily reach for more. Make sure you are at home or with a DD.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 13:07:37 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of Brad007


3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a pale/white color with a generous head of foam. Aroma is one of fruit, especially apple, mixed in with spice. The taste is somewhat subdued with hints of apple and spice melting away into an aftertaste that is somewhat smooth and thin. It's somewhat smooth and drinkable when it gets to the back of the throat that is.

Overall, pretty well balanced for such a strong beer. For some reason, I feel the mouthfeel falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 03:41:14 | More by Brad007
Photo of TPSReports


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This light golden brew pours wonderfully into a tulip glass. I would steer towards the tulip as this beer produces a massive thin bubbled head. It will stick around for a while, giving you a chance to admire the color and the aroma.

The taste is not overwhelmingly of alcohol, even with it's 6%+ ABV. It feels nice on the tongue, with moderate carbonation. If you drink this from the bottle, you get a much different feel than if you drink from a glass after a proper pour to release the gas.

An easy to drink, higher alcohol, beer, Duvel seems to be easy to find. A bonus!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 19:09:57 | More by TPSReports
Photo of rm0312


3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip glass - Large head that slowly disaptes and reveals how little beer was in the bottle. Malty aroma with hints of citrus and lagery hops. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light but not at all watery. Smooth flavor consisting of malt, fruity sweetness. Fairly good beer but I think Chimay does this type of ale better.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 23:53:54 | More by rm0312
Photo of cdkrenz


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$10.49/Four Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Make sure you pour this beer as directed. It has a pale golden shimmer highlighted by a fantastic array of dancing carbonation. The head is a perfect white that stays forever. It's so firm you'll think is a meringue.

Smell - It has a refreshingly smooth aroma. A subtle sweetness captures this sense and begs to taste.

Taste - The first mouthful is unexpectedly awkward. After a few sips it fits exactly where I want it to, and is very hard to put it down. It starts off sweet and finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation creating the action upon the pour comes back to haunt it causing a coarseness on the tongue. However, the feeling it offers down the back of my throat is smooth and sultry.

~ While I'll enjoy the 4 pack I purchased for $10.50 from Dan's Liquor I can't see myself pitching in another dimer and some change to the Central European brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 03:08:36 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of icemonkey908


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge fluffy white head that sticks around as the beer is consumed. Wonderful golden color ale with plenty of C02 bubbles shooting up to the surface.

The aroma is of wheat and spices initially. As the beer warms some more citrus notes become apparent and maybe some banana.

The taste is very complex. Initially taste strongly of wheat, but as the beer lingers on the tongue it becomes tart and spicy. Alcohol sweetness is also present. I would not mind having this beer anytime.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 01:56:48 | More by icemonkey908
Photo of BuckSpin


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz bottle in (what else?) a Duvel tulip glass!

ASIDE: Props to the Moortgat family who, on the reverse of the bottle's label, give proper pouring advice, temperature recommendation (40-50F) and this lovely suggestion to "...enjoy with discerning friends or good looking strangers"!!!

Opened with a PFFT, and initially poured (s-l-o-w-l-y) with an almost steak on the grill like sizzle sound, crisp, lite, full of vitality. Strong yeast up front, spicy with soft clove, a trace of coriander, excuse of white pepper, sweet alcohol, summer straw. With some air citrus fruits like grapefruit & pineapple are detectable. The nose continues to grow & bloom. This is nice just taking time to savor the developing bouquet. More time and the malts roar back, strong straw & hay are present as well as some apple cider hues.

Head is downright insane - easily 3 fingers (even pouring s-l-o-w-l-y) of super thick, sticky, tight, pearl white foam that looked like a winter mountainscape of sculpted peaks. Lacing is staccato & curtain like.

The body is a slightly hazed, lemon kissed pale golden hue, a nice parade of bubbles rising from the beveled D in the glass bottom. Much love went into making this a sensory treat.

Mmmmm...light, crisp, clean. The yeast play with the grapefruit qualities, a pleasing, cider dry, almost sour bite....nice. Malts are bready, dry crusts off artisan loaves, slight straw/hay accent. Its a bittersweet dryness with a soft crunch on the palate. There is a lot going on, a very complex ale. Its not requiring me to be a sipper, but definitely demands, or commands the respect of, some pacing...which is fine with me. I like it when a beer sets the pace, not I. Where am I going in a hurry anyway?

The clove & coriander take a more assertive stance on the palate, dancing atop a floor of those summer fields malts which have flattened to a bittersweet composite. Hops come alive, and the whole dance company sings farewell in a deep, sad voice, leaving in a bitter aria with an encore of an aftertaste that grows with warmth and heat (very nicely in the background until this point), coating the mouth & teeth in a fuzzed, sticky, chewy residue, almost like it wants you to be sad its gone.

Bravo to Duvel. An incredibly complex beer. This was very enjoyable, and there were no dead spots from pour to gulp. This is a beer I could see revisiting again & again, to try to learn more, to enjoy again, to fall siren to its amazing simple song. An outstanding beer. I am fast becoming a Belgian Strong Pale Ale fan. Highly recommended, dare I say almost "required" drinking to grasp the genre.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 03:25:36 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Fresh Direct

A-Golden clear with a huge soapy head, lots of lace with a steady stream of bubbles keeping the head alive. Gorgeous, this is what a beer should look like. I would like to confuse some American macro drinker with the colour.

S-Candy sugar, followed by a perfume like alchohol. There is also some hints of clove, pepper, slight banana and faint sour yeast.

T-A little more bitter than the smell. Still the first sip hits you with some sweetness then you get a bitter follow through and plenty of that spice on the end. The aftertaste leaves those spices with black pepper being the dominant flavour. The alcohol pervades the taste and is a presence.

M-Creamy with a lovely ammount of carbonation. Almost the perfect motuhfeel for a beer of any style.

D-The alcohol is perhaps a little too much in the forefront which hurts the overall drinkability. This however is a masterful beer that is in my rotation. Plus fresh direct delivery is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 21:45:56 | More by sleazo
Photo of RedChrome


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear very light golden yellow color. Creamy pure white head of over two inches took over ten minutes to settle down. Carbonation is jubilant enough to obscure vision through the glass. Lacing clumps are huge and pillow like.

Aroma smacks with spices and very crisp light fruit scents. Apple blends with a light white pepper in the major smell. Earthy malt has a hay like quality. Overall light and fruity on the nose.

Crisp grapes abound with a light peppery apple finish. A slight secondary flavor of earthy grass develops in the back of the mouth. There is an faint light hops bitterness, but it dies quickly to the sweetness.

Clings with a carbonation burst to all the surfaces. Light on the tongue but sturdy enough to retain the flavors.

A great beer in the style. This one would work excellent when paired with lox. A must try for anyone who is looking towards the style, and a solid hit for anyone with a taste for beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 04:13:51 | More by RedChrome
Photo of mbutter1997


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden color w/ ~3 fingers of light head that sticks around and adheres well to the glass. Bubbles continue to rise along the side throughout the session. Word of caution...pour slowly. When I had this at a restaurant in Cooperstown, NY, the waitress was a bit rushed in the pour as wasted several ounces...it was tragic.
S: Very nice hop aromas, slightly sweet. A nice "prequel" of the taste to come.
T: This is what pale beer should taste like...nectar of the gods. Perfect blend of hops, barley, malt & yeast. The bottle conditioning gives a slight boost to the flavor.
M: High carbonation gives a moderate tingling; good aftertaste and an enjoyable experience.
D: Very drinkable and always enjoyable. I first had this many years ago in Switzerland, then again 2 years ago in Cooperstown. It has only been in the last year that I've been able to find it here in Omaha. But since my first tasting, I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to each and every bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 19:25:26 | More by mbutter1997
Photo of buliwuf


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - stubby, 11oz dark brown bottle with the words "pour unhurriedly" and instructions on how to do so

Appearance - a brilliant, clear yellow, like a cheap lager, yet with copious amounts of carbonation. But even poured slowly, which I thought I was doing, a massive, thick, meringue-like head formed and nearly overflowed the glass.

Nose - a tart, flowery, spicy aroma, with a yeasty undertone. Some fruit coming through, though what I cannot say with any accuracy, maybe pear and apple.

Mouthfeel - crisp, dry, light, and very carbonated

Taste - wow…what was just described in the nose meets the palate and then starts working together in a symphony of flavors. A sharp, apple-like flavor comes in at first and is over taken by a yeasty undercurrent, only to be replaced by a peppery spiciness that is sourish at the same time. Extremely complex and difficult to describe. There are still chunks, literally, of foam sitting on the surface of beer, despite the glass nearly being empty, and the entire glass is laced over from top to bottom.

Overall - Well-deserved for its reputation and definitely a standard-bearer for the style. A must-enjoy beer for Belgian aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 19:48:59 | More by buliwuf
Photo of hops1337


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a case of duvel recently, cost around 65 bucks but it was worth it. All were poured into a 16oz. tulip glass.

Head: huge!!! 3 finger head. Be carefull when pouring this beer. Just follow the instructions on the bottle, you should be alright. Settles into the rockiest head ive ever seen, with some serious laceing along the way.

Color: Golden, extremly light in color for a beer with such a high abv.

Mouthfeel: Good, carbonated and refreshing. Sort of dry.

Taste: Slightly smokey with a hint of hops good spring time brew

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 16:11:15 | More by hops1337
Photo of Dolamite


4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light golden color. Large head, which settles slowly. Light complex nose of hopes and wheat. Similar taste, very even body on tongue, with hints of citrus flavor. Excellent summer beer.

This is easily one of the best beers I've had in a great while, I'd highly recommend this to anyone wanting to broaden their beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 22:58:39 | More by Dolamite
Photo of mithrascruor


3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color, generally clear, with a fair amount of visible carbonation in the form of small bubbles. White, thick, foamy head is generally rocky, and laces the glass.

Smell: Mild aroma of spices, yeast, and some malts. A bit of alcohol seemed present as well.

Taste: Has a spicy malt taste to the beer. The spices I presume come mostly from cloves, hops, and the alcohol. There's a bit of undefined fruits and yeasts in the background too.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; generally smooth. Carbonation is soft yet tingly.

Drinkability: The finish is a bit harsh with the alcohol, but it never really comes out to bite you.

Though it's an enjoyable beer, I usually find Duvel far from impressive. It is, of course, manditory to try for those who enjoy Belgians, and I'll certainly have it again, but it is hardly near the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 02:16:22 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of bosco7


4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Duvel tulip. Glorious cloud like head, crystal clear and pale with loads of CO2 bubbles streaming from the "D" etching at the bottom of the glass. Huge noble hop aroma, green apples and some alcohol. Has Champagne like flavors. Green apple, slight must yeast flavors, mild spiciness from the hops, and a clean/light bitterness. Finishes very dry and crisp. Extremely digestable.

One of the finest beers that I have ever had. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 04:46:20 | More by bosco7
Photo of meadhead


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dry tart yeast
sweet grain malt
slight clove phenol spice
lemon pepper grass hop

Pours gold and tastes high
as in acidic spice zing

very good stuff
a belgian pale sort of king

pours clear clean yelllow
with a dollop foam head

smells hoppy and yeast-ish
in a wild grain sort of sense

mouthfeel is refined
carbonated and balanced

drinkability is great
if not almost fantastic

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 04:59:03 | More by meadhead
Photo of GbVDave


4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pale gold in color with a huge bubbly & rocky head. Very effervescent. Massive lacing going on in the glass.

S: Very clean nose filled with lemon, belgian yeast, and more citrus.

T: Exceptional flavors of citrus and dry malt. Tart, tangy, and slightly sweet.

M: Dry, puckery, tart, and very refreshing.

D: Unbelievable drinkability. A true classic that deserves all the hype heaped upon it!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 00:33:23 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Body looks like a nice golden pils/lager, but what about the incredible head! Even a gentle pour gives masses of foam. Very much part of the Duvel experience. Amazing.

S - Suitably complex, start getting wheatiness followed by citrus fruits but there is a hint of underlying bitterness. A beer that truly deserves a decent "nosing".

T - Creamy and with masses of flavour. Fruity with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Warming alcohol in the finish.

M - Very smooth and lots of carbonation. Has a dryness also.

D - Feel my rating is a bit harsh here but this really is an intense beer. Taking into account the alcohol content having more than one seems to be a waste. One is very drinkable though.

Deserving of its classic status, a beer to treat yourself with once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 21:58:45 | More by Stephen63
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 6,259 ratings.